Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Lilly Endowment Inc. Awards Three-Year Grant for Indiana Campus Compact

Funding will create high impact projects to benefit Indiana communities and college students

 INDIANAPOLIS – Lilly Endowment Inc. has awarded a three-year $900,000 grant to the Indiana University Foundation on behalf of Indiana Campus Compact, a consortium of more than 40 Indiana college and university campuses committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education. This funding will enable Indiana Campus Compact to create and support programs that offer service-learning opportunities to Indiana college students, deepen students’ commitment to community service, and provide them with valuable job-related skills.

“As Indiana Campus Compact celebrates 20 years of advancing citizenship and service in higher education, we are thankful for the continued generosity of Lilly Endowment,” said Dr. Jerrilee Mosier, Chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College-Northeast and Indiana Campus Compact Board Chair. “This grant will enable Indiana Campus Compact to continue to support Indiana’s institutions of higher education in their purposeful engagement with Hoosier communities.”

This civic engagement has both an immediate and long-term impact on Indiana, explains Sara B. Cobb, vice president for education at the Endowment. “Studies show that college students who are active volunteers tend to develop lifelong commitments to giving and volunteering and encourage their friends and families to get more involved. The Endowment is pleased to support Indiana Campus Compact’s efforts to inspire many more young people to serve their communities.”  

Dr. Mary Jane Eisenhauer, Purdue University North Central Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education, has seen a positive change in her students as a result of Indiana Campus Compact support. “Service-learning has empowered my students to make a connection between the classroom and real life. It gives me great hope for our future to see them take on issues of social justice and address important community needs.”

About Indiana Campus Compact

Indiana Campus Compact supports higher education’s efforts to develop students into well-informed, engaged citizens. By providing programs, services, and resources, Indiana Campus Compact serves as a catalyst for campuses and communities to improve people’s lives through service-learning and civic engagement initiatives. For more information, please visit www.indianacampuscompact.org.

About Lilly Endowment Inc.

Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by J.K. Lilly and his two sons, Eli and J.K. Jr., with gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical company. The Endowment is primarily committed to the causes of education, community development and religion.

About Indiana University Foundation

Founded in 1936, the Indiana University Foundation is dedicated to maximizing private support for Indiana University by conducting fundraising campaigns and programs, investing the endowment, and providing advancement leadership and development services.

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Indiana Campus Compact is grateful to Lilly Endowment Inc. for significant funding in support of programs, training,and resources for our member campuses that allow them to deepen their commitment to community engagement and service-learning.